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Day: December 14, 2017

Harry and Meghan’s wedding no tick-box exercise
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Harry and Meghan’s wedding no tick-box exercise

    Justin Welby has said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is no tick-box exercise and their love provides a model for the rest of the nation. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: I am very, very sure after conversations that this is no tick-box exercise, we ought to get married in a church. They are due to marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May. What Harry and Meghan Can Learn from the Queen’s Marriage There is a profound sense of commitment, of seriousness, both about faith and their lives together, which is quite inspirational. It’s important because people look at it and see a model of how two people commit their lives to one another before God in the presence of millions of people. It’s always a beautiful momen...
Police hunt for homeless man who found €300,000 at Charles de Gaulle airport northeast of Paris
ENGLISH, Europe

Police hunt for homeless man who found €300,000 at Charles de Gaulle airport northeast of Paris

    Christmas came early for a French homeless man at Paris's main airport when he found an unlocked door at the offices of a cash handling company ... and walked away €300,000 ($350,000) richer. The man was rummaging through bins at Charles de Gaulle airport northeast of Paris last Friday when he checked a door at the Loomis cash management company and found it had been left open. Authorities have pored over surveillance footage that captured the incident, according to Le Parisien newspaper, which was the first to report the story on Wednesday. He pushes on the door … and appears surprised when it opens, the French daily recounted. Then the homeless man sets his suitcase down and enters the company’s offices. A picture taken on June 21, 2012 at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaull...
London holds memorial for Grenfell fire victims
ENGLISH, London

London holds memorial for Grenfell fire victims

    Survivors of a fire that killed 71 people six months ago in the Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London will join firefighters and members of the royal family at a national memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral on Thursday. The blaze broke out in the middle of the night on June 14 and quickly gutted the 24-storey building, which was home to a close-knit, multi-ethnic community living in a poor area within one of London's richest boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea. The disaster profoundly shocked Britain, highlighting extreme disparities in living conditions between rich and poor and fuelling a debate over whether disdain for social housing residents had played a part. "Hosting this service at St Paul's Cathedral, an iconic venue in London, recognizes the...
Full list of Tory rebel MPs who defeated Theresa May’s key Brexit vote in Commons
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Full list of Tory rebel MPs who defeated Theresa May’s key Brexit vote in Commons

    The full list of the 11 Tory MPs who dealt Theresa May her humiliating first Commons defeat over Brexit has been revealed. The Prime Minister gas lost a crunch vote by 309 to 305, a majority of just four, to give MPs a meaningful vote on her final deal with Brussels. It is a blow to May as she jets to Brussels to meet 27 EU leaders as they are set to sign off the first-round deal she struck with the EU Commission on citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland and the divorce bill on Friday. The MPs included veteran Europhile Ken Clarke and ex-ministers Nicky Morgan and Anna Soubry alongside usually loyal MPs such as Antoinette Sandbach. Labour Brexiteers Dennis Skinner and Ronnie Campbell then pushed the vote over the line by backing the pro-Europeans’ amendment. The furious row ex...
Theresa May to meet with EU27 hours after Commons blow
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May to meet with EU27 hours after Commons blow

    Theresa May is heading to Brussels for the third time in 10 days just hours after the embarrassment of her first Commons defeat on Brexit. After last week's Brussels deal, the Prime Minister will urge leaders of the other 27 EU countries to move on as quickly as possible to talks on post-Brexit trade deals. But the latest talks with EU leaders come at the end of a week of setbacks since the success of her early morning dash to Brussels and Brexit breakthrough last Friday. First the Government was hit by a backlash against David Davis's claims on Sunday that the deal was a "statement of intent" and a trade deal could be signed immediately after the UK leaves the EU. And now a Commons defeat which forces the Government to amend its EU (Withdrawal) Bill - a move which ministe...